2021 Virtual Discovery Program
Cheers, Tears and Fears: Music and Emotion

March 15 – May 21, 2021

The 2021 Discovery Program is completely virtual this season, expanding our one-day field trip experience in Macky Auditorium into a longer Discovery offering. This year, the program is free and open to all families to participate!

In addition to our annual curriculum packet, this year’s program offers supplemental virtual education materials, including a library of interactive recorded performances by Boulder Phil musicians that parents, teachers, and students can access online at any time throughout Discovery month. Plus, we are offering schoolteachers an opportunity to schedule a virtual pop-in presentation for your classroom with a Boulder Phil musician!

This year, our program explores the relationship between music and emotions. Students will learn how composers use different musical techniques such as dynamics, instrumentation, and key signatures to create emotion in their music. Featured composers include Samuel Barber, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Antonín Dvořák, George Walker, Gustav Mahler, Missy Mazzoli, Felix Mendelssohn, Jessie Montgomery, Modest Mussorgsky, Florence Price, and Clara Schumann.

To experience the 2021 Discovery Program, please complete this online form. You will receive access to our complete virtual program to be enjoyed at your convenience anytime from March 15 – May 21, 2021.

The 2021 Discovery Program is partially funded by Boulder Phil’s education program sponsors including the SeiSolo Foundation, SCFD, and Eleanor and Harry Poehlmann. Due to their incredible support, we are thrilled to offer our 2021 Discovery Program for FREE! Please consider giving a suggested contribution of $6 per student to support our on-going efforts to provide and expand our annual Discovery program:

If you would prefer to donate by check, make checks payable to Boulder Philharmonic. Please write Education Programs in the memo line, and mail to:

Boulder Philharmonic
1600 Range Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301

For more information or to contact someone from our Education Department, please email Education@BoulderPhil.org.

Discovery Concerts

The Boulder Philharmonic’s Discovery Concerts take students in grades 3-6 on a journey to explore orchestral music in a fun, interactive format featuring nationally-acclaimed Music Director Michael Butterman. Students attend a 50-minute performance during the school day designed to support and coordinate with their core curriculum.

Previous Discovery Concerts have linked architecture with music, presented how music can lend itself to narrative, showed how music can express both positive and negative emotions, and linked music and visual art to help make music’s abstract nature more tangible and understandable. Teachers are provided curriculum guides, lesson plans, and a Spotify Playlist of repertoire to help prepare their students for the experience. Many students also receive a visit from Michael Butterman or one of our chamber ensembles in preparation for the concert. Our goal is to inspire students to begin instrumental study through the public schools, which studies show lead to improved academic performance in other areas as well.